What to say if you like it
Self-sufficiency without Tom and Barbara’s soppiness.
What to say if you dislike it
Another ITV1 reality show that’s a pile of manure.
What was good about it?
• The use of The Good Life theme during the opening titles
What was bad about it?
• The characters involved are as exciting as a compost heap.
• Lisa, a merchandiser on 60k a year (so three nurses equal one merchandiser, do they?) and long-haired hippy Steve got a little bit upset. Not enough for primetime entertainment.
• The Aldridges – bossy Veronica, hopeless Neil and two goodlooking sons – indulged in a bit of bickering and were quite useless. Not enough for primetime entertainment. Veronica, however, came out with the only quotable quote from the programme: ““I think you can be self sufficient and still be glamorous, and that’s my intention over the coming months – to prove that you don’t need to turn into a complete hippy to be self-sufficient. Felicity Kendall managed it and so can I.”
• The Smiths – Dawn, Paul and four stroppy kids – winged a bit. Not enough for primetime entertainment.
• The fact that ITV is paying the mortgages of the three families, and giving them a weekly allowance, somewhat diluted the impact of the experiment.